Hi, I’m Leeann - founder of BuckWHAT! Foods! I was born in Kiev, Ukraine where buckwheat was a pantry staple item. People relied on it for survival. When food was scarce, having just buckwheat meant nutritional needs would be met. After we immigrated my parents still continued to make it, and to be honest, I only started to appreciate its goodness when I became more in tuned with what I was putting in my body. I was amazed that I had been eating this awesome food for so many years, and never knew how good it was for me.
Despite its name, buckwheat is actually gluten free - it’s a complete misnomer! Buckwheat is a seed, and part of the rhubarb family. Besides being a naturally gluten-free seed, buckwheat is incredibly nutritious.
Some fun buckwheat facts:
It is one of only five naturally occurring complete plant based protein, which means it has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a great source for vegetarian and vegan diets.
It is also a good source of fiber. Plus, buckwheat is low on the glycemic scale which means it will actually keep you feeling full!
It’s loaded with minerals such as zinc and magnesium.
To top things off, it’s incredibly sustainable, not requiring much of our precious earth to grow.
Buckwheat is truly a powerhouse!
There are so many ways to enjoy buckwheat. It’s super easy to make as a side dish. Twenty minutes and ready! It is also great in smoothies. Just throw half of a cup into the blender with your favorite smoothie ingredients (I recommend pre-soaking it first). Throw it on top of a salad for an added crunch, or replace your oats for a delicious overnight breakfast. The possibilities are endless!
Since we do not always have time to make a hearty bowl of buckwheat, nor the ability to transport it with us, I created BuckWHAT Noshes as an easy and delicious way to incorporate this incredible ingredient into our busy everyday lives. Besides buckwheat, BuckWHAT Noshes are made with only a few real food ingredients, each providing a nutritional benefit all on its own. And there is absolutely no added sugar! They are sweetened with nature’s candy: dates. BuckWHAT noshes are also naturally gluten-free and vegan. They are the perfect snack for the entire family!
Happy noshing everyone!!